Mitchell Hartman is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Entrepreneurship Desk and also covers employment.

A veteran Marketplace reporter, he was hired in 1994 as an assistant producer on the Marketplace Morning Report, hosted that program in 1996 and 1997, and then served as commentary editor and features editor for all Marketplace productions.

Hartman left Marketplace in 2001 to move to Portland, Ore., where he served as editor of a statewide business magazine, Oregon Business, and was subsequently editor of Reed College’s alumni magazine. In 2008, Hartman returned to Marketplace to serve in his current position, filing reports from his bureau’s base at Oregon Public Broadcasting in his adopted hometown of Portland.

Since 2008, Hartman has produced a number of broadcast series, including, "Different States of Unemployment" (spring 2009) and "Help Not Wanted" (summer 2010).

He also traveled to Egypt to cover the Arab Spring. Hartman enjoys his work as a radio reporter because it provides him the opportunity to “ask impertinent questions and exercise my curiosity to the max.”

Before his career with American Public Media, Hartman worked in human rights and refugee advocacy for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). He has also worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cairo Today magazine, Middletown Press, New Haven Register and for Pacifica Radio, Monitor Radio, the BBC and the CBC.

Hartman is a native of Teaneck, N.J., and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

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Features by Mitchell Hartman

New Cirque du Soleil show will keep money flowing to Jackson estate

Michael Jackson is gone, but his music is still breaking records, earning around $150 million a year.
Posted In: Michael Jackson

What happens when a billionaire faces Congressional confirmation?

Commerce Secretary nominee and Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker will have to shift her billions to avoid conflicts of interest, and prepare for questions about the family business.
Posted In: Commerce Department, Obama, Congress

Why military personnel fall prey to payday lenders

The government provides countless resources to help military families with financial literacy and even offers low interest loans to help them in times of emergency. So, why are many troops opting to take out risky payday loans instead?
Posted In: payday loans, lenders, military, Army

Walmart can be sued over abuse of 'permatemps' in California warehouse

Walmart could be liable for millions in damages because it controls the supply chain, even if it doesn't employ the workers directly.
Posted In: Walmart

Protecting troops from a different kind of harm — predatory loans

Military brass, consumer advocates and lawmakers are trying to close loopholes in the Military Lending Act.
Posted In: installment loans, military

The battle against high-cost lending to military families

Five years ago, the U.S. military banned payday and title-loans to military families, but small-dollar, high-interest lenders are getting around the Military Lending Act.
Posted In: military, installment loans

Behind the photo: The unexpected job duties of a commanding officer

Mitchell Hartman describes the story of one soldier and how he helped others with financial challenges.
Posted In: payday loans, installment loans

Join us for a live chat on 'Beyond payday loans'

We're hosting a live chat on our investigative series "Beyond payday loans" and we'd like you to join.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

How World Finance makes a killing lending on the installment (loan) plan

World Finance has outperformed the market and financial stocks through the recession. But is World’s high-interest small-dollar loan business sound and sustainable?
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

Behind the photo: A bankruptcy lawyer who identifies with her clients

Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman tells us the story behind one of the photos in "Beyond payday loans."
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

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